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Postdoctoral Scholar

Keep It Up! (KIU!) Postdoctoral Scholar: This NIH/NIDA funded study (1R01DA035145) is led by Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., Director of the IMPACT Program at Northwestern University. The Keep It Up! 2.0 (KIU! 2.0) project is a multisite randomized control trial (RCT) comparing two versions of an online HIV prevention program for young men who have sex with men (YMSM). KIU! 2.0 is being conducted in collaboration with researchers at Hunter College in New York City (site lead Jeff Parsons of CHEST) and Emory University in Atlanta (site lead Patrick Sullivan of PRISM). The Postdoctoral Scholar will be responsible for overall project management of the multi-site study, including: a) managing the research team consisting of research assistants, data manager(s), and interns; b) managing IRB protocols at Northwestern University; c) monitoring recruitment and retention efforts in Chicago, Atlanta, and New York and troubleshooting challenges; d) preparing reports, including NIH grant progress reports and DSMB reports; e) planning and facilitating project meetings; and f) participating in the writing of manuscripts and conference presentations. Dr. Mustanski will serve as the primary mentor with opportunities for interaction and collaboration with IMPACT Program faculty and faculty collaborators.

Postdoctoral Scholar in Network Influences on HIV: This NIH/NIDA-funded study (U01DA036939; PI: Mustanski) will build a dynamic dyadic-network cohort of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) by hybridizing existing cohorts of YMSM.  The goal of this project is to apply a “next generation” multilevel model to understand the syndemic of health problems among a large cohort of YMSM (age 16-29) and inform “high-impact” HIV prevention with this vulnerable population. Multiple longitudinal observations of biological, individual, dyadic, and network data will be collected and analyzed.  The Postdoctoral Scholar will assist the Network Science Working Group of the U01 study, including: a) collaborating on the design, beta testing, and implementation of a touch-screen network capture measure to be implemented; b) leading the development and execution of a network data management system; c) monitoring the integrity of network data; and d) participating in the dissemination of findings through publications and conference presentations.  The Postdoctoral Scholar will be mentored by Drs. Michelle Birkett and Noshir Contractor, co-leads of the Network Science Working Group. Dr. Birkett is a Research Assistant Professor within the IMPACT Program in the Department of Medical Social Sciences. Dr. Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University. The Postdoctoral Scholar will play an important role uniting SONIC and IMPACT in this highly interdisciplinary project.

The IMPACT Program is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. The mission of the IMPACT Program is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBT community and to develop the research capacity of the community. It was founded by Dr. Mustanski in 2008 and has been the home to many federal- and foundation-funded research projects. The IMPACT Program’s multidisciplinary team includes 6 doctoral-level scientists, multiple masters-level staff, and a team of data managers and research assistants.

The Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group, led by Dr. Contractor, advances social network theories, methods, and tools to better understand and meet the needs of diverse communities. SONIC is a leader in developing cutting-edge techniques to study and improve social and knowledge networks in distributed working groups, online communities, virtual teams, and other large communities. Using a comprehensive methodology, SONIC researchers model, assess, validate, and enable the emergence of social and knowledge networks. The Group consists of multiple faculty, programmers, postdocs, students, and a full-time associate director.

Both Postdoctoral Scholars will be based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, which provides a unique home for applied researchers who integrate biomedical and social science approaches to improvement of health. Its defining features are an emphasis on interdisciplinary research and a strongly collaborative orientation. The department provides rich resources for conducting research, including a broad scientific portfolio with multiple, well-characterized cohorts across the lifespan, psychometric/biostatistical and health informatics cores, expertise in multi-level assessment methods and collaborative relationships across Northwestern’s biomedical and social sciences campuses.

Stipend and benefits:
Compensation for this Postdoctoral Scholar position takes into account NIH salary guidelines.The appointment will come with the commensurate benefits offered for this position at Northwestern.

Completion of the doctorate prior to the start of the position is required for both positions.

KIU!: Candidate will have a doctorate in the social/behavioral/health sciences and must have experience in research project management. Additional academic interests in LGBT health, HIV prevention, eHealth interventions, and clinical research are preferred.

Networks: Candidate will have a doctorate in the social/behavioral/health sciences or a related field. The candidate must have experience in social network science and quantitative methods as well as an interest in applications to health domains. Additional academic interests in HIV prevention/transmission, LGBT health, Sexual Networks, Computational Social Science, and Modeling Dynamic Networks are preferred. Additionally, experience with large linked data management and graph database programming is welcome.

To apply:
Applications should include a CV and cover letter explaining fit with this position, research experience, career goals, and the names of two references. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

KIU! Applicants: should email application materials to Dr. Mustanski c/o Ryan Coventry (

Network Applicants: should email application materials to Dr. Birkett (

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